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[sha-toh; French shah-toh] /ʃæˈtoʊ; French ʃɑˈtoʊ/
noun, plural châteaux
[sha-tohz; French shah-toh] /ʃæˈtoʊz; French ʃɑˈtoʊ/ (Show IPA),
(in France) a castle or fortress.
a stately residence imitating a distinctively French castle.
a country estate, especially a fine one, in France or elsewhere on the Continent.
(often initial capital letter) a winegrower's estate, especially in the Bordeaux region of France: often used as part of the name of a wine.
Also, chateau.
Origin of château
1730-40; < FrenchLatin castellum castellum Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chateau
  • We will proceed to the château, and study matters on the spot.
  • Fire stops them one hundred yards short of the château.
  • Every grand château and vintage is represented with sycophantic prices.
  • And that's how they are, those ones up there round the château-that's how they live.
  • It's a bizarre account of a chateau whose inhabitants transform into one another when we're not looking.
  • Besides, he says, many of his clients have the yacht and the chateau already.
  • And the news photo of the little old lady sitting on the steps of her lost chateau in the rain.
  • She takes them to her country chateau, and the flock is happy there.
British Dictionary definitions for chateau


/ˈʃætəʊ; French ʃɑto/
noun (pl) -teaux (-təʊ; -təʊz; French) (-to), -teaus
a country house, castle, or manor house, esp in France
(in Quebec) the residence of a seigneur or (formerly) a governor
(in the name of a wine) estate or vineyard
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum fortress, castle
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Word Origin and History for chateau

c.1739, from French château, from Old French chastel (12c.), from Latin castellum "castle" (see castle (n.)).

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